Report on Strategic Planning Workshop: discussion

Private Members' Legislative Proposals and Special Petitions

29 August 2012
Chairperson: Mr S Thobejane (ANC)
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Meeting Summary

The Committee met briefly to consider and adopt its Report on the Strategic Planning Workshop. Members however noted that there were many errors in the report and postponed its adoption to the following week. Some Members pointed out that it was not the duty of Members to correct typographical errors as it was time consuming; it was the responsibility of the Secretary. It was agreed that Mr A Ollis should be present in subsequent meeting to further explain his legislative proposal concerning trade unions.

Meeting report

Report on Strategic Planning Workshop
The Chairperson went through the report page by page and invited comments from the Committee.

Ms M Kubayi (ANC) referred to page 2, under the heading “interpretation of Legislation” and stated that the last bullet point did not make sense at all.

The Chairperson suggested that the part of the sentence in brackets should be deleted, Committee agreed.

Mr A Van der Westhuizen (DA) mentioned that the report that was being considered was not the same as the one given to Members. Members were given the report so that they could study it and make some corrections where appropriate. The version that was presented to them in the meeting had already been edited. It was a waste of Members time to go through the report while the changes had already been made.

The Chairperson explained that the management had gone through the first draft as required by the rules.

Ms Kubayi said that Members were expected to send comments in writing to the Committee Secretary, so that he could be able to compile a revised version. Members were expected to go through the revised version in the meeting.

Ms J Killian (COPE) said that all Members should be informed beforehand about which draft of the report they should consider.

Mr Van der Westhuizen felt that time was not on the Committee’s side if they would go through the report word for word.

The Chairperson reminded Members that they had agreed the previous week to send amendments to the Secretary.

Ms F Khumalo (ANC) raised her concern regarding the recurring amendments; even the following week the next draft might have amendments. 

Mr F Bhengu (ANC) concurred with the Chairperson saying that Members had agreed to forward their comments to the Secretary

Mr Van der Westhuizen pointed out that on page 1, the 3rd last bullet point should 2013 should be substituted with 2014. The last sentence on page 1 the letter “D” of der Vos should be lower case. Also she corrected the minor error on page 3, 4.3. The last sentence read Mrs Van Rheede van Oudtshoorn instead of Mrs Van Rheede of Oudtshoorn.

Ms Killian suggested that typographical errors should be looked into by the Secretary and Members agreed.

Mr Van der Westhuizen suggested the insertion of the word “with” before the word “circumspect” on page 7 paragraph 6.

On page 8 Ms Killian pointed out that bullet point 6 should be redone and she recommended the use of exact wording of the constitution.

Mr Van der Westhuizen referred to page 9, 2nd last paragraph and suggested that Joburg should be written fully as the Municipality of Johannesburg.

Ms Killian reiterated her position that it was silly that the Committee was expected to deal with “silly” grammatical mistakes.

The Committee agreed that the Committee agreed to adopt the report in the following meeting.

Consideration and Adoption of the Minutes dated 8 August
The Chairperson went through the minutes page by page and invited comments from the floor.

Ms Killian asked for an explanation on the judgement on the matter between South African Transport and Allied Workers Union and the City of Cape Town.

Ms Kubayi said that the issue was around legislation not about the actual judgement, i.e. the Government might hold Trade Unions liable for damages during public demonstrations.

Ms Killian suggested that the Committee should shelve the issue because Members did not have the proper documentation for referral.

The Chairperson said that the Committee should invite Mr M Ollis (DA) as the one who sponsored the legislative proposal. Ms Kubayi and Mr Van der Westhuizen concurred.

The Committee agreed to discus the matter the following week

The meeting was adjourned.


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